Cute Couple: Looks Like This 90s R&B Icon Has A Lil’ Asian Fever

Posted On : December 11, 2015

Screen Shot 2015-12-11 at 9.45.07 AM It’s Brian McKnight- the R&B crooner who is one of the last men standing from the era where R&B cats were still creating baby-making slow jams and singing REAL R&B!

Brian and his beautiful Asian girlfriend, Leiland, have been together for 2 years and based on how often Brian posts lovey-dovey pics of them on his social media pages, he is head over heels in love…AGAIN and ain’t nothing wrong with that.
Screen Shot 2015-12-11 at 9.41.43 AMScreen Shot 2015-12-11 at 9.39.08 AMScreen Shot 2015-12-11 at 9.39.24 AMI say ‘again’ because some of you may recall a video surfacing of Brian McKnight singing his song, “Proposal” on Valentines Day to another girlfriend (who is also of Asian descent) in 2010. It was NOT his current girlfriend, Leiland, it was his girlfriend prior to her. Brian serenaded her live on stage, gave her roses and kissed her to let the world know she was his…he looked happy. She didn’t looked appreciative, but not very touched by his serenade, but she could have just been nervous up there on stage in front of everyone, who knows. Below is a pic of the the ex-girlfriend we’re referring to and you can see Brian serenade her below as well…

Brian McKnight and his then girlfriend...don't know her name, but she's NOT his current girlfriend.
Brian McKnight and his then girlfriend…don’t know her name, but she’s NOT his current girlfriend.

That previous girlfriend was the one Brian got with soon after he and his wife (and mother of his children) Julie, divorced in 2003 after 13 years of marriage. Here’s a pic of Julie…
Brian McKnight and his then wife and mother of his children, Julie. They divorced in 2003.
Brian McKnight and his then wife and mother of his children, Julie. They divorced in 2003.

Fast forward to today and Brian and Leiland seem to really be in love- I’m talking about that old school first love type of love- and that’s a beautiful thing, so we hope this one works out for the brotha. (By the way, you can pre-order his new album, “Better,” on iTunes).
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Here is something that we found interesting in doing research for this article: Many American men of all races actually prefer women of the Asian persuasion verses other races. There was  a study done on the Facebook App, ‘Are You Interested,’ about online dating preferences of Americans and of the 2.4 million heterosexual interactions researchers reviewed, they found that ALL men – White, Black, Latino, others – preferred seeking dates with Asian women more than any other race. There was one exception though- Asian men were the only group that was seeking dates with OTHER women EXCEPT Asian women, go figure.

Screen Shot 2015-12-11 at 9.41.09 AMWe threw this topic around for a minute, over here at ILOSM, and tried to understand why so many men prefer Asian women. It could be simply because of the myths that imply that Asian women are more sexually free; are far more submissive than other races; and that they all treat their men like Kings.

What do you think ILOSM family- Is there a major difference between Asian women versus all other women of other races, or do you think it just depends on the individual?

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